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Greatest Running Back of all Time?

Posted on: October 17, 2010 7:24 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 3:28 pm

<li>LaDainian Tomlinson seems like he is on a mission this season to prove he is still one of the best running backs in the league right now let alone a candidate for best running back of all time. I've argued this point about him for years. He may never get close to Emmitt's total of 18,355 yards but he is sure busting his butt to get as close as he possibly can. He's got 12,925 yards before going into the Denver game. He may be 5,430 yards short but he's only scored 23 less tds than Smith's total. If Tomlinson's resurgence continues beyond this season it's not much of a stretch to say he can top Smith's totals in just about every category. Smith's 515 rec. for 3,224 yards 11 tds, were long surpassed by Tomlinson whose totals now stand at 547 rec. for 4,050 yards and 15 tds who is just 5 games into his 10th season. As I'm writing this I'm watching the Broncos vs. Jets game. He finished the game with 16 carries for 55 yards and 2 tds and 2 rec. for 12 yards. He finished out the season with an 8 game stretch with 127 carries for 414 yards but only 1 td. He also caught 33 passes for another 261 yards. Bringing his totals too:3,099 carries for 13,404 yards 144 tds, caught 582 passes for 4,323 yards and 15 tds. He is now just 1,327 yards away from Sanders, and 4,951 yards from Smith. He has at least 1 more season with the Jets and he may see less time as the starter and more time in the 2nd half punnishing teams when they have the lead letting Shonn Greene carry more of the load so Tomlinson is far more fresh for the end of the season and the playoffs as we saw a downslope in his stats towards the end.</li>

<li>I've heard Barry Sanders was better in his 10 seasons in the league but in only 9 and basically a half seasons Tomlinson has stayed healthier, topped Sanders' 15,269 yards has destroyed his 99 td total, has nearly doubled his 352 rec. 2,921 yards and 10 tds. You can argue that Sanders was more explosive with a career 5.0 yard per carry average but Tomlinson's 4.4 yard per carry average isn't very far off. My argument is and always will be that Tomlinson brings the total package. He's a team first guy who's never had off the field drama, he brings great hands as a reciever, and a tough yet fast running style to any offense. He hand chose the Jets to sign with knowing he and Shonn Green would compliment each other well behind one of the best offensive lines in the league if not the best. They have led this team to the league lead in rushing yards per game. Tomlinson has already run his way to 123 carries for 599 yards and 5 tds this season and so far averaged 4.9 yards per carry while also catching 30 passes for 191 yards. He is showing that he hasn't slowed with age.</li>

<li>Speaking of "greatest ever" players Tony Gonzalez was recently interviewed and stated that he WILL indeed be back for a 15th season but said "the window is closing" on his chances to make a super bowl before he retires but that is his sole drive heading into next season. He has also said he anticipates next season being his last, and I for one hope he gets a shot to win a Super Bowl before he retires. He's a beast of a tight end even now. However I believe it is time that Atlanta starts looking elsewhere for a younger option behind him to develop into a future starter. Maybe they believe Michael Palmer can be that guy an undrafted rookie from Clemson played in 14 games last season starting 1. He caught 5 passes for 29 yards and 1 td. He may be the guy they look to after Tony does retire. He is a solid blocker who is headed into his 8th year playing the tight end position having played the spot all the way through college, and 2 seasons of high school. You can tell by his stats that he matured as a receiver later in his college career He went from a freshman back-up with 5 rec. for 30 yards in 1 game, played in just 10 games as a sophmore and caught 13 passes for 128 yards and 1 td, followed by a junior season in which he caught just 12 passes for 160 yards and 3 tds, then out of nowhere his senior season he catches 43 passes for 507 yards and 4 tds. He's added 10 lbs to bring his weight up to 260 on his 6'5 frame. Should be interesting to see him get a shot as a starter.</li>


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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:25 pm

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

Im not 12 and I dont have Jim Brown in the top 10.  Jim Brown supporters are stupid. In todays game we have d lineman that would be faster than JB was on his BEST day.  give up the JB rants, he was great in his day,  by todays standards he would have been avg at best. In fact he wouldve been a fullback, big guy - slow as hell

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2010 12:05 pm

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

What about Terrell Davis ? If his career didn't end prematurely he would be in my opinion "The GOAT". He had no weaknesses, at all, none! A great blocker, great power back, great quickness, great speed, great elusiveness... It's a shame he didn't have a full career to see what type of numbers he would have finished with. For my money though, even for a short career he was the best back I ever saw play.

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:18 pm

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

Everybody who says Barry Sanders isn't realistic.  Yes, just simply running the ball he was, if not the greatest, really close.  But he was an absolutely horrendous blocker and a fairly poor receiver.  He must be on the list due to his ability to run the ball, but G.O.A.T. has to have the whole package.
I still have to throw Gale Sayers out there.  He didn't have the longevity to prove it, but in his short career he was unbelievably great.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:27 pm

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

It seems you guys don't value tds. Tomlinson is just 10 tds off of Smith's total despite 5 less seasons, and no probowl offensive line in San diego until around his 5th season or so. He has scored 165 tds in just 10 seasons while averaging 1,704 yards per season and almost 16 tds. He's caught 52 rec or more, and had 313 carries or more in a season for 8 straight years. Smith has never topped 70 rec. and had only 6 seasons in which he caught 50 or more passes, while Sanders had never caught more than 48 passes and caught over 40 in 3 seasons. Tomlinson had 1 season in which he caught 100 passes. I can't even name another running back to do that. Sanders' 109 tds in 10 seasons is only about 56 tds below Tomlinson's total which translates to about 336 points not counting the p.a.t.'s. Tomlinson has even dropped back and thrown 12 passes for 143 yards and 7 tds and 0 ints. 3 of his 8 comp. went for 20 yards or more. Sayers scored 54 tds in 68 games, Jim Brown scored 129 times in 118 games, Walter Payton 133 tds in 190 games while Tomlinson eclipsed all those totals long ago. In Fact he was just 5 tds off of Payton's total in his first 8 years in the league. He Surpassed Brown's total just 8 1/2 seasons in the league, Sayers total was passed tied by LT week 12 of his 4th season in the league which adds up to...60 games.

Want another comparison? He's fumbled just 28 times. Losing only 12 of them. Smith fumbled 54 times losing 25 of them, and for those technical people out there: he fumbled 16 times losing 8 in his last 5 seasons meaning in his first 10 he had still fumbled 38 times and lost 18 of them, while Sanders fumbled 27 times and lost 13 of them. They didn't have fumble stats for Payton, Sayers or Brown. But regardless you can't really argue Tomlinson's value to any team he signs with. His versatility is a big part of why he's such a huge impact on every team he plays for, while his durabilty is really unrivalled. He missed just 2 games due to injury his entire 10 year career. He didn't play week 17 in his 4th season due to a division lead by the team. During that time he's carried the ball 2,972 times caught 549 passes, and thrown 12 passes. If teams now-a-days weren't scared to throw their starters on special teams I'm sure LT would've been returning kicks and punts as well.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:41 pm

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

Barry Sanders is the greatest RB OF ALL TIME  Emmitt had probally a pro bowl line his whole career and barry didn't,  and if your going by stats i vote Herschel Walker his all purpose yardage speaks for it self a team player.......... 

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2010 4:50 am

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

The game and rules have changed so much it's impossible to say but for my money it is Jim Brown, Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, and maybe Emmitt Smith.  Gale Sayers is, for my money, probably the greatest ever if it weren't for injuries.  Even if he wasn't quite the greatest RB, he was the greatest KR of all time by far.
The reason I put Emmitt Smith ahead of Barry Sanders is not because I am a Cowboys fan (on the contrary, I am a Cowboys fan because of Emmitt Smith) but instead because in their time in this league Emmitt Smith was a far better receiver and infinitely better blocker and just an all around tougher player.  If I were going to hand the ball off to any guy 10 times I would go with Barry Sanders, but if I were running 5 and passing 5, give me Emmitt Smith any day.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2010 4:10 am

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

How can you even compare LT to barry? LT is in his 10th season now and is nowhere near sanders in yardage. Barry was detroit. LT has played next to other pro-bowlers throughout his career. Sanders would have broken Walters record during his 11th season. Took Payton 13 season to make and Emmitt 13 seasons to break. Jim Brown was great but was a man amongst boys.

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:13 pm

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

LT, Barry, Emmit and Brown are/were all great, but let's not forget Earl Campbell - his 34-inch thighs and 5-11/244-pound frame with 4.5 speed made him the most feared runner of his time.  I've never seen any back in the league run over middle linebackers the way he did, it was probably that kind of abuse that shortened his career.  At the top of his game he was unstoppable with the power to knock down defensive ends and break-away speed once he hit the hole.  Jaw dropping.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 3:45 pm

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

I think Herman Moore WR was a pro bowler...and I think he had a qb that went probowl one year.

Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2010 3:40 pm

Greatest Running Back of all Time?

What are you twelve years old? This is an absolute no brainer - Jim Brown. There is Jim Brown...and then you can start the argument for who is the SECOND best running back of all time.

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